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Temple Advances, Going to State Meet! (2 Years in a Row)

It all started at the beginning of this season, as 251 5A high schools entered the annual UIL One-Act Play Contest. Advancing through district, bi-district, area and regional contests, there are now only 8 schools remaining — and Temple is one of them! In fact, it's the second year in a row that Temple has made the Final 8 and is going to state. Temple's play, Bug, advanced to state from the regional contest held at San Jacinto College in Pasadena on Friday, April 22.

Through all the contest levels, Temple has received many individual acting awards. The two top individual awards are Best Actor and Best Actress, and Temple students have received one of those two top awards at every level. In fact, at the area level, all five cast members received one of the 18 individual acting awards that were given to the six schools.

At the regional contest Emma Tolleson was named Best Actress in the region. Andrew Tye was named to the All-Star Cast, and Latrice Scott was selected for the Honorable Mention All-Star Cast. Derresha Webb was named an All-Star Technician.

The state contest will be May 23-25 in Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus. (See schedule below.) In addition to the one-act play, Temple also has seven students that advanced to the state finals in the UIL Theatrical Design contest and Emma Tolleson will be competing in the state finals UIL Academics Prose Interpretation contest.

A public performance in Temple prior to the state contest will be Sunday, May 22 at 6 p.m.

CLICK HERE for Information Page  with complete cast and crew listings.

Monday, May 23
       6:30 p.m. Prose Interpretation Coaches' Conference, UTC 2.112A
             (Prose prelims are Tuesday, with finals on Wednesday)

Tuesday, May 24 at Bass Concert Hall
       6:30 a.m. Begin unloading set pieces, props, costumes, etc.
       7:30 a.m. Company meeting for all schools
       During the Day: Official Rehearsals for 8 schools, 50 minutes each
   SESSION ONE
       4:00 p.m. Grapevine High School, Death of a Salesman
      *4:50 p.m. Lewisville: The Colony High School,
            The Hands of Its Enemy
      *5:40 p.m. Magnolia High School, Bob: A Life in 5 Acts
      *6:30 p.m. Leander High School, Picnic
   SESSION TWO
       7:30 p.m. Canyon: Randall High School, Eurydice
      *8:20 p.m. Temple High School, Bug
      *9:10 p.m. Waxahachie High School, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
      *10:00 p.m. Corpus Christi: Tuloso-Midway High School,
            The Caucasian Chalk Circle
      *11:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony for the 5A shows
*Times are approximate because shows run back-to-back.

Tickets: Adults $14 per session, Students $12 per session. The UT PAC Box office will only accept cash and checks (no credit cards). Checks should be made out to "UT-Austin". For best seat selection, plan to line-up for Session Two. The auditorium is cleared after Session One, and people already in line for Session Two are the first people to get in the auditorium.

Wednesday, May 25 at Bass Concert Hall
      9:00 a.m. Walk-through Critiques of State Theatrical Design contest finalist entries
      10:00 a.m. Critiques of previous night's 5A one-act plays
      3:30 p.m. Prose Interpretation Awards Ceremony in the LBJ Auditorium
      6:30 p.m. Theatrical Design Awards Ceremony in the LBJ Auditorium
             (located in the LBJ Library and Museum building)

Below is an article by Annette Nevins that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on May 8, 2016:


Temple students after the announcement that the team was "Going to State"

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Carlen Gilseth
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25 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play team has been the District Co-Champion for 25 years in a row (as of March 2017). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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2015-2016 Highlights

STATE CHAMPION
Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)

3rd Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

3rd Place & 6th Place
Individual Entries in
UIL Dramatic Design

Texas Thespians,
All-Star Troupe
(one of seven in Texas)

Seven Events Advance to
International Competition

Three Students Participate in
All-State Show (Big Fish) 

2014-2015 Highlights

International Thespian
Champion, Theatre Marketing

Texas Thespians,
All-Star Troupe
(one of four in Texas)

Six Events Advance to
International Competition

Three Students Selected for
All-State Show (Big Fish) 
Cast and Crew

Natasha Tolleson named to
Texas Thespian Hall of Fame

Second Runner-Up
Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)

2013-2014 Highlights

International Thespian
Champion, Film

Texas Thespians,
Main Stage Performance
The Secret Garden

11 Events Advance to
International Competition

10 Students Advance
to State Finals in
UIL Theatrical Design
(2nd Highest Number of
Any School in Texas)

Texas Top 12, UIL 5A
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of 257 schools)

Texas State Champion
UIL Film Contest
Division 2, Narrative

Texas State Champion
UIL Group
Theatrical Design

2nd Place in Texas,
UIL Set Design

4th Place in Texas,
UIL Marketing Design